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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Search for Ripley bank robber continues

  • The search for an armed bank robber continued for a second day in the Ripley area Friday.
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  • The search for an armed bank robber continued for a second day in the Ripley area Friday.
    Law enforcement officers including West Virginia State Police Troopers, Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies and Ripley and Ravenswood Police officers called off a daylong search late Thursday night after scouring the woods off Route 21 and Cedar Lakes Drive by foot and with a State Police helicopter for a suspect who robbed Premier Bank at gunpoint Thursday morning at around 11:20 a.m.
    The suspect entered the bank dressed in black, wearing a motorcycle helmet with bandanas to mask his head and face, gloves and carrying a tan bag, brandished a handgun and demanded cash at the bank and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
    State Police Troopers responded to a call placed to 911 spotted the suspect running into the woods nearby.
    Additional State Police Troopers, Jackson County Deputy Sheriffs and Ripley and Ravenswood Police Department officers responded and began a foot search using K-9s and called in a State Police helicopter to search from the air.
    A heavy rain shower forced the helicopter search to be abandoned and hampered efforts to track the suspect on foot using K-9 units.
    Area businesses and schools were on lock down as the search continued through the day. Traffic flow was stopped outside the crime scene area.
    When schools were dismissed Thursday afternoon, school buses had police escorts through the search area on their way to take students home.
    Police officers also fielded and answered numerous reports of sightings, shots fired and alleged attempted break-ins at homes in Ripley and the surrounding area as tension and paranoia accompanied the search for at-large gunman.
    Lawmen resumed their foot search Friday morning, accompanied by another reported sighting in the Cedar Lakes area.
     

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